The University is investing in infrastructure to ensure resilience and energy security for our world-leading multi-million pound research projects.
The new Transformer will provide an uninterrupted power supply to research experiments and ensure business continuity to the west of campus.
The energy centre will have the capacity to supply power and heat to a number of key University buildings. The new development will lower the cost of heat and electricity for the University.
The architects, Sheffield-based firm HLM, have created a bold design using materials to complement its setting, including Corten on the exterior walls. It received planning permission in May 2018 and construction began in April 2019.
Project manager: Emel Kus-Senior
Contact: [email] firstname.lastname@example.org [tel] 0114 222 9003
Architects: HLM Architects
Timescale: September 2018 - December 2020
Disruption to access and parking at the Arts Tower
Due to engineering works, a number of car parking spaces will be unavailable from 5 - 30 October 2020.
We will be working to disconnect from the Veolia District Heating Network. The University has installed its own new district heating network for the energy centre (The Transformer) to ensure resilience and energy security for our world-leading research projects.
From 5 - 30 October 2020, 9 car parking spaces will be unavailable. Deliveries will be managed and access routes maintained.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. For information about alternative car parks, please visit our Parking services pages.
August 2020: Commissioning of the gas boilers in Transformer will begin on Monday 10 August. A loadbank will be used to test the equipment and will be on site for one week. Commissioning activities will run until the end of September.
July 2020: Construction of the building is now complete and landscaping works on the site has begun. We are continuing with commissioning and plant rooms works on campus.
February 2020: We are removing three silver birch trees from area in between the entrance to Western Bank Library and Back Lane. We are advised that they are in poor condition. One of these trees also needs to be removed to conduct essential works for The Transformer project. We will be replanting six trees in this location in March.
More information about our tree policy can be found on our tree pages.
January 2020: The 45 metre tall chimney has been lifted in to place.
November 2019: Underground district heating works are almost complete and the construction of the energy centre is taking shape.
April 2019: Construction activities will start from Monday 8 April 2019. The ground will be prepared for drainage and concrete slab. During weeks 2 and 3, the contractor will carry out drainage works, fill and compact the ground in preparation for the concrete slab.
March 2019: Installation of district heating pipework in the service ducts underground between Geography and Western Bank Library plantrooms. Majority of the works will be undertaken in the underground service ducts and plantrooms. There is expected to be no disruption to users of the Geography building.
December 2018: We have appointed a main contractor, Vital Energi. They will start on site on 7 January 2019.
May 2018: Planning permission received
Early 2018: Lecture theatre attached to Dainton building to be demolished.
Project enquiries: Project Manager Emel Kus-Senior, email@example.com / 0114 222 9003
General enquiries: The EFM Help Desk will put you in touch with the right person, firstname.lastname@example.org / 0114 222 9000